SegWit ‘Death’ Challenge: BitPico Vows To Fork As Bitcoin.com Goes 100% Bitcoin Cash
SegWit2x may still happen, rumors suggest after its cancellation as Roger Ver’s Bitcoin.com goes full Bitcoin Cash.
While the community reacted to the ‘death’ of the hard fork, its ghosts are already haunting Bitcoin as previously unknown entity BitPico vowed to continue “regardless.”
“We are carrying out the fork regardless as everything is set in motion. Backing down the difficulty right now is a strategy,” BitPico wrote from a Microsoft iCloud address.
“Wonder why 30 percent network hash-rate disappeared? It’s ours; the miners that will continue what is set in motion… A handful of humans cannot stop what they have no control over…”
The message raised suspicions, with entrepreneur Tuur Demeester suggesting it could even be a hoax.
Plot twist? “BitPico” claims B2X hard fork will happen, backed by 30% of hashrate. (Anyone know who this is?) https://t.co/T8CUtLBJOU pic.twitter.com/NLK0POtvzY
— Tuur Demeester (@TuurDemeester) November 9, 2017
The broad sense of relief that SegWit2x had failed to achieve consensus meanwhile appears not to have affected everyone.
Major US exchange Coinbase subsequently announced it was “monitoring” the 2x “update” and would make a statement “in the coming days.” Users reacted with confusion, as cancellation of the fork seemingly left nothing to be discussed.
Roger Ver, appearing disappointed at the NYA signers’ decision to cancel, released a message confirming his Bitcoin.com resource would strictly deal with Bitcoin Cash only in the future.
The so-called “public service announcement” was condemned on social media by those regretting that entry-level users accessing Bitcoin.com simply because of its well-known address had little idea they were not accessing Bitcoin, but the Bitcoin Cash fork.